Project Labor Agreements’ Effect on School Construction Costs in Massachusetts

17 Pages Posted: 15 Dec 2009

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Dale Belman

Michigan State University

Russell Ormiston

Michigan State University - Department of Economics

Richard Kelso

affiliation not provided to SSRN

William Schriver

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Kenneth A. Frank

Bedford Institute of Oceanography

Abstract

This paper investigates the impact of Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) on school construction cost in Massachusetts. Although simple models exhibit a large positive effect of PLAs on construction costs, such effects are absent from more completely specified models. Further investigation finds sufficient dissimilarity in schools built with and without PLAs that it is difficult to distinguish the cost effects of PLAs from the cost effects of factors that underlie the use of PLAs.

Suggested Citation

Belman, Dale and Ormiston, Russell and Kelso, Richard and Schriver, William and Frank, Kenneth A., Project Labor Agreements’ Effect on School Construction Costs in Massachusetts. Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society, Vol. 49, Issue 1, pp. 44-60, January 2010, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1521258 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-232X.2009.00586.x

Dale Belman (Contact Author)

Michigan State University ( email )

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Russell Ormiston

Michigan State University - Department of Economics ( email )

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Richard Kelso

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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William Schriver

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Kenneth A. Frank

Bedford Institute of Oceanography ( email )

Nova Scotia
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